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Building my own dingy

I'm interested in sailing and I want to take it slow as the stakes are high. I figure the best way to do that is by building a dingy and sailing it this coming summer. So far the only design I can find that seem legit is the Glen-L 8 Ball. It's a 8 foot plywood construction that looks within my capability and funding. If that is fun to sail on the big lake then I'll look at building something bigger. Looking for advice before I take out checkbook. Thanks ahead!
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Re: Building my own dingy

if you like to build, then build, but if you are building because you think it will be a cheaper way to get to sail, then buy a cheap boat. it won't be cheaper and a way bigger time commitment then you think. even someone with a lot of experience would have a hard time finishing a dingy and have it ready to sail by the spring. the sum of all the materials and the rigging, mast, boom and sails will cost way more then you could buy a good used boat for.
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The build is definitely part of the draw for me. It's a great winter project for me and I'm ok with it if it costs a bit more.
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Re: Building my own dingy

I lost my dinghy....a miserable little thing...no real loss really (it showed up at the marina I just moved to 2 days after I got there). I borrowed a skiff from someone to get out to my boat. 9' long 3' beam flat bottom, hard chinned...very stable a real pleasure to row and extremely simple in construction. I am building a nesting version (1/3 2/3) with 7 1/2' Sitka spruce oars, equipping it for sail and have 1.2hp out board that will work quite nicely. The one I borrowed is made of 1/2" ply....and building it much lighter and stronger.
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Re: Building my own dingy

in that case build on. it is an easy boat to build. I built one when I was in Jr. high. the 8 ball is a good boat to learn in and there are a lot of used parts around as the boat is the same as a Sabot. you should be able to find a good used sabot sail and wooden mast for less the $ 100. I just bought a good FG Sabot with two sails for $400
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The build is definitely part of the draw for me. It's a great winter project for me and I'm ok with it if it costs a bit more.
The build isn't the main draw for me....the main draw is that it is the only way I can afford a tender and it will be tailored to my boat and my needs. I have done alot of stuff to my boat that I could never have been able to afford to have someone else do for me. I have subsequently achieved exactly what I wanted, acquired skills and tools.
We live in a culture that is replacing self-sufficiency, ingenuity and creativity with a dependance on having other people do stuff for us band/or a reliance on what marketing says we need.
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Re: Building my own dingy

The D4 dinghy (free plans online) is similar to the Glen-L 8 Ball. It is a fun build. I made one out of 1/4" exterior ply. It is a bit heavy, and the wood is breaking down. But, after 5 years it still floats. The next one will be made with slightly thinner Okume marine grade ply. That will probably be lighter and last longer.
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Re: Building my own dingy

Two years ago, I built a D-5.



Here's a link to my 'project' page on the plan's website. It was a fun project. I found a sailing rig on eBay very reasonably priced.

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Re: Building my own dingy

Just in case you want to look at other options, the first boat I built was from the "new instant boat" book by Harald Payson:

Build the New Instant Boats: Harold Payson: 9781934982044: Amazon.com: Books Build the New Instant Boats: Harold Payson: 9781934982044: Amazon.com: Books



Great book with several easy to build boats and good instructions, although some of the things are dated given the new materials on the market. (I won't advice using the powder glue he suggests, just use fiberglass epoxy instead.)

There's also a web site, but I haven't looked at it much... InstantBoats.com


Building a small boat is a real kick, if your into that sort of thing. Nothing like seeing something YOU created floating on the water for the first time.
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Re: Building my own dingy

The Woodenboat site would be a good place to look for dinghy plans. If you want to sail it, you may be advised to stay away from some designs that are more focused on rowing or motoring aspects. Many stitch-and-glue boats will be quick enough to build and not too crazy with the finish work and details that can keep you tied up instead of out sailing. It WILL take you longer than you think. Get started NOW!
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